Hd. Qrs. [56th] Regt. N.C. Troops,
Wilkesboro, Wilkes Co., N.C., Oct 11, 1863
Brig. Genl. James H. Lane,
Your letter tendering me the position of Assist. Adjt. Genl. of your Brigade was received at Weldon on Sept. 4th. On the 6th Sept., I wrote to you, acknowledging the receipt of the letter and accepting the position so kindly offered me, should you be able to secure my appointment. As more than a month has passed without hearing from you, I fear, either, that you have not received my letter; or, that you have written and your letter has miscarried or has not been properly forwarded, (in accordance with my instructions to the Post Master at Weldon,) to our present station at Wilkesboro. In either event, if you find leisure, please let me know whether my letter has been received.
Renewing my acknowledgements of the high compliment you have been pleased to pay me,I have the honor, Genl., to be
E.J. Hale, Jr.,
Adjt. [56th] N.C.T.